Constable seizes car after high-speed chase
May 16, 2017 at 9:45 p.m.
Updated May 17, 2017 at midnight
A high-speed chase involving a Victoria County constable Monday morning resulted in the recovery of a Chevrolet Camaro suspected of being stolen.
The Camaro's alleged passenger, Samuel Grimaldo, 18, of Port Lavaca, was arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia: a marijuana grinder. The alleged driver, Alex Garza, 18, of Port Lavaca, was arrested on suspicion of evading arrest with a vehicle. The Calhoun County Sheriff's Office is investigating to determine whether the silver Chevrolet Camaro was stolen from a Port Lavaca dealership.
Precinct 1 Constable Jesse Garza attempted to stop the Camaro as it was speeding south, in excess of 100 mph, on U.S. 87 near Farm-to- Market Road 2615 about 12:30 a.m., he said.
After the car reversed its direction, Garza pursued the car into Victoria and onto several roadways before losing sight of it on Port Lavaca Drive. Minutes later, a Victoria County Sheriff's Office deputy discovered the Camaro abandoned at Big Vic's Truck Stop at 4507 U.S. 87 South.
With a tip phoned in by a witness, deputies located and then arrested Alex Garza and Grimaldo at a Conoco gas station at 4102 U.S. 59.
The constable said he identified the driver, whom he recognized from when the Camaro changed direction on U.S. 87, but could not identify the passenger.
Both were booked into the Victoria County Jail.